Bananas priced at $3.50 in 1975 $12.50 in 2022

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Prices for Bananas, 1975-2022 ($3.50)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for bananas are 257.24% higher in 2022 versus 1975 (a $9 difference in value).

The current national average price is $0.64 for "Bananas, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1975 and 2022: Bananas experienced an average inflation rate of 2.75% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, bananas costing $3.50 in the year 1975 would cost $12.50 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.64% during this same period, inflation for bananas was lower.

In the year 1975: Pricing changed by 25.26%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for bananas during the 1975-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1975 (9.14%), inflation for bananas was much higher.

Price Inflation for Bananas since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1942 (45.37%), 1947 (30.15%), and 1975 (25.26%).

Price history

The average price for Bananas is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Bananas, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Bananas)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022$0.64 (latest available value)$0.64
2021$0.60$0.63
2020$0.58$0.61
2019$0.57$0.60
2018$0.57$0.60
2017$0.56$0.59
2016$0.57$0.59
2015$0.58$0.60
2014$0.60$0.61
2013$0.60$0.60
2012$0.60$0.60
2011$0.61$0.61
2010$0.58$0.61
2009$0.61$0.60
2008$0.61$0.60
2007$0.51$0.59
2006$0.50$0.59
2005$0.49$0.60
2004$0.50$0.62
2003$0.51$0.63
2002$0.51$0.63
2001$0.51$0.62
2000$0.50$0.63
1999$0.49$0.63
1998$0.49$0.63
1997$0.49$0.63
1996$0.49$0.63
1995$0.49$0.65
1994$0.46$0.66
1993$0.44$0.66
1992$0.46$0.67
1991$0.48$0.68
1990$0.46$0.69
1989$0.45$0.70
1988$0.42$0.72
1987$0.36$0.72
1986$0.38$0.75
1985$0.37$0.75
1984$0.36$0.75
1983$0.39$0.75
1982$0.35$0.76
1981$0.36$0.76
1980$0.34$0.77

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Buying power of $3.50 since 1975

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Bananas, over time, for $3.50 beginning in 1975. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1975$3.5025.26%
1976$3.551.33%
1977$3.868.70%
1978$4.3111.81%
1979$4.8712.93%
1980$5.5814.64%
1981$5.956.69%
1982$5.86-1.61%
1983$6.4610.31%
1984$5.97-7.61%
1985$6.092.07%
1986$6.405.07%
1987$6.35-0.80%
1988$7.2714.46%
1989$8.0010.11%
1990$8.425.24%
1991$8.844.95%
1992$8.53-3.51%
1993$8.26-3.15%
1994$8.755.94%
1995$9.377.10%
1996$9.693.41%
1997$9.730.35%
1998$9.810.80%
1999$9.72-0.89%
2000$9.911.93%
2001$10.162.54%
2002$10.15-0.06%
2003$10.05-1.01%
2004$9.94-1.12%
2005$10.192.50%
2006$10.694.93%
2007$10.821.28%
2008$12.6416.82%
2009$12.64-0.07%
2010$11.92-5.70%
2011$12.555.33%
2012$12.50-0.39%
2013$12.40-0.82%
2014$12.32-0.65%
2015$12.24-0.62%
2016$12.12-0.96%
2017$11.90-1.85%
2018$11.990.79%
2019$11.95-0.37%
2020$11.79-1.37%
2021$11.931.22%
2022$12.504.82%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Bananas:

Year193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI14.52315.01516.85424.50028.83128.28526.33127.90836.32338.32339.95439.10039.29239.34639.72339.80040.12339.89241.14641.04640.36937.68537.70038.82339.10039.71538.91538.05438.40838.00038.93138.98536.71539.07740.80845.83157.40858.16963.23170.70079.83891.53197.65496.085105.99297.92399.946105.015104.177119.238131.292138.169145.015139.931135.523143.569153.769159.015159.577160.854159.415162.492166.615166.523164.838162.992167.062175.292177.538207.394207.256195.442205.850205.052203.370202.041200.786198.852195.168196.709195.983193.307195.656205.084

Adjust bananas prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1975 * 1975 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Bananas was 57.408 in the year 1975 and 205.084 in 2022:

205.084 / 57.408 * $3.50 = $12.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $3.50 in 1975 has the same "purchasing power" as $12.50 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Bananas).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Bananas in 1939. In addition to bananas, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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